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Iowa race-car driver is pulled out of a burning car before it's too late


In the nick of time, a race-car driver was pulled from a burning stock car before it was too late.

The daring rescue happened at the Speedway in Boone, Iowa.

"Danny was completely engulfed in flames, he disappeared into the flames."

A hole in the track, a broken axle.

"The next thing I know I was knocked out."

"I was on fire, my car was on fire," Danny Watson, rescued from fiery crash said.

And Hobby Stock race car driver Danny Watson was running out of time.

"Four of five seconds more, I would have burned up, I think I could have died," Watson said.

That's all fellow racer, Richard Yaw needed.

"I just got out of the car as quickly as I could, jumped into the car just tried to get him out as fast as I could," Richard Yaw, saved friend's life said.

Richard Yaw was driving right behind Danny Watson on April 20th at the Boone Speedway.

He's the man dressed all in black with a helmet still on.

Watch carefully, you can see Yaw go behind the smoke as he runs to the driver's side to save Watson.

"For him to just jump out of his car and react like that and go into the fire to get me out, I mean saved my life, I'm grateful for it," Watson said.

Yaw says he didn't think twice.

"Just had to get him out.," Yaw said.

And he says he's not a hero.

"Pure instinct, that and he being a real good friend basically like family to me," Yaw said.

Watson though, knows better, having lived to tell the story.

"A lot of people wouldn't do that and he did, he dove right there, he didn't think what he, you know, could have blew up and killed us both, so it's, I owe him my life," Watson said.

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